Posts Tagged ‘rooftop solar’

Davis Recognized as Solar Energy National Leader

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Crossposted from the Davis Enterprise

By Special to The Enterprise From page A7 | May 03, 2017

SolSmart, a program funded by he U.S. Department of Energy SunShot Initiative, has recognized Davis with a Gold Award. Davis will be identified as a solar energy national leader in advancing solar energy at the American Planners Association’s annual conference May 6-9 in New York City.

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Shade Issues No Problem for This Solar System

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Richard Allison's solar system demonstrates how partly shaded sites can still work with the use of optimizers. Photo courtesy Mike Kluk.

July 28, 2016

By Mike Kluk

Richard and Linda Allison, their three daughters, and Linda’s mother live in a house on a quiet South Davis cul de sac. With six in the family, power use is going to be relatively high no matter how you cut it.

Their power bill was averaging about $400 per month. When it hit $750 one hot summer month, they knew they needed to find a way to stop the bleed. But it wasn’t just the bills that posed a problem: the Allison family’s roof wasn’t fully exposed to sunlight throughout the day.

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They Waited Forty Years for Solar to Be Affordable – Now It Is

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Thomsen-Samuelsen home decked out with energy producing solar panels

July 5, 2016

by Mike Kluk

Craig Thomsen and Paula Samuelsen looked into the feasibility of installing solar panels when they originally purchased their home in 1988, but at that time it was simply too expensive for their budget.

Finally, costs reached a tipping point sometime in 2014, and they were able to put a top notch solar electric system on their roof.

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Local Businessman Saves Money by Installing Rooftop Solar

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Mike Hart's 4 kilowatt solar system returns ten percent on invesment

July 1, 2016

By Carla Arango

Mike Hart, CEO and Founder of Sierra Energy, is saving thousands of dollars every year since he installed solar panels. His desire to reduce his carbon footprint encouraged him to go solar, but that’s not the only thing he has managed to decrease.

“When my energy bill comes, instead of a few hundred dollars a month, it’s now three bucks,” Hart said.

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Neighborly Support Aids ‘No Brainer’ Decision to Go Solar

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Karen Leaf and Tim Ainsworth Are All Smiles When It Comes to Their New Solar System

June 7, 2016

By Mike Kluk

Long-time Davis residents Karen Leaf and Tim Ainsworth, who went solar in August of 2015, say their West Davis neighbors encouraged them, offered advice, and generally supported them though the process.

But in the end, the decision was, in their own words, “pretty much of a no-brainer.”

“It was the right thing to do. Environmentally, solar is the best form of energy we have. We were happy to move towards greener energy.”

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Local Family Produces More Energy Than They Consume

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Steve Wheeler poses next to the inverter for his new rooftop solar system

June 7, 2016

By Mike Kluk

Steve Wheeler, Mimi Kusch, and their daughter Maddy installed a solar array on the roof of their West Davis home in November of 2015 and haven’t looked back since. In fact, they have big plans for the future thanks to their new solar system.

While the family’s primary motivation for going solar was to reduce their carbon footprint and not necessarily to save money, they are on route to do that as well.

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Solar Saves Her Money without Sacrificing Comfort

Backman Shobe Family Poses with Their Solar Panels
Backman Shobe Family Poses with Their Solar Panels

By Carla Arango

May 25, 2016

As a resident of Davis you regularly ride your bike to work or school, shop at the local farmers market, and reduce your shower time – all in an effort to ameliorate the effects of global warming. But with summer approaching, temperatures are going to rise, and in a desperate search to cool off, you will find the need to run your air conditioner.

Motivated by her interest in clean energy, a desire to reduce her emission of greenhouse gases, and to be cool and comfortable, Davis resident Chrissy Backman installed rooftop solar panels on her home last August.

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Try it out! Lease an electric car!

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February 2016

by Eugen Dunlap (eugen@evsplussolar.org)
By now you’ve  heard about and seen electric vehicles (EVs). Maybe you already have solar on your roof with extra charge left over. Now is the ideal time to take advantage of current, aggressive leasing options available for EVs. Read more

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